AIR POWER: Offensive Airman

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"No defensive force can stop a determined offense by air."

This dictum of modern naval warfare was laid down last week by Rear Admiral Frederick Carl Sherman, captain of the great carrier Lexington, whose planes had sunk one and probably two Japanese carriers before she was sunk in turn by torpedoes and bombs delivered by determined Japanese airmen. The sinking of the Lexington ended the second round of a great heavyweight free-for-all, air ships v. surface ships. Before the Lexington's commander got home and buttoned on his reward, the golden shoulder...

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